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Elbow heals enough for Carlos Beltran to return Saturday
by Chris Towers |

Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran's injured right elbow responded well to treatment in recent days, and allowed him to return to the lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

Beltran is batting fifth and serving as the designated hitter Saturday, after missing three games due to a setback with the elbow. 

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Jose Molina returns to lineup Saturday
by Chris Towers |

Rays catcher Jose Molina is in the lineup, as expected, Saturday against the Blue Jays, after sitting out Friday with knee soreness. He is batting eighth and starting in his usual spot behind the plate for Saturday's game. 

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Hector Santiago lasts only five frames in loss to A's
by Chris Cwik |

Angels pitcher Hector Santiago lasted five innings Friday against the Athletics.

Santiago allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Santiago gave up his first run against the first batter he faced. Coco Crisp hit a leadoff home run out to left center off Santiago in the first inning. He was able to get through the next three innings unscathed, but ran into trouble again in the fifth. On a fielder’s choice, a run wound up coming around on a throwing error by shortstop Erick Aybar. Santiago was able to get out of the inning, but was replaced to start the sixth. Santiago threw 98 pitches.

With the loss, Santiago dropped to 3-8. He’ll take on the Marlins in his next start.

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Sonny Gray nearly goes the distance for win No. 13
by Igor Mello |

Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray nearly went the distance and still picked up his 13th win of the season Friday night against the Angels. The right-hander permitted three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over 8 1/3 innings of a 5-3 victory.

Over his last three starts covering 20 2/3 innings, Gray has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 3.00 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 26 starts (171 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at Houston.

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Sean Doolittle picks up two-out save Friday
by Igor Mello |

Athletics closer Sean Doolittle allowed three runners on base but still managed to pick up a rare two-out save Friday night against the Angels. Doolittle struck out two, allowed two hits and a walk in two-thirds of a scoreless inning. He has converted 19 of 22 save chances, with a 2.32 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP over 54 1/3 innings of relief.

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Joe Kelly removed with 'sensation' in shoulder
by Chris Cwik |

Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's game with "sensation" in his shoulder, according to the Boston Herald

Kelly was removed for precautionary reasons. He expects to make his next start. Kelly felt the issue in the fifth inning. 

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Angel Pagan day-to-day with calf injury
by Chris Cwik |

Giants outfielder Angel Pagan is day-to-day with a calf injury, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Pagan was replaced in the bottom of the ninth inning due to the injury. He went 2 for 5, with one run scored prior to being lifted. Pagan missed time recently due to a back injury.

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Doug Fister had skin cancer removed from neck
by Chris Cwik |

Nationals pitcher Doug Fister had skin cancer removed from his neck recently, according to MASN.

Fister pitched Friday night with stitches on his neck. After the game, he told reporters he had skin cancer removed. Fister stressed that he was OK. Fister said the procedure had no impact on the way he pitched Friday. It doesn't seem like Fister expects the issue to keep him from pitching at this time. 

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White Sox option Eric Surkamp
by Chris Cwik |

White Sox pitcher Eric Surkamp has been optioned to Triple-A following Friday's game.

The club will wait until Saturday to make a corresponding move. Surkamp posted a 6.91 ERA over 14 1/3 innings in the majors. 

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Clint Barmes could return Monday
by Chris Cwik |

Pirates infielder Clint Barmes could return to the club Monday, according to

Barmes is attempting to come back from a groin injury. He's been on a rehab assignment for a few days, and is nearing a return. Manager Clint Hurdle expressed some optimism that Barmes could be back as soon as Monday. Barmes is hitting .239 over 88 at-bats.

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